WILL CHRISTIANS OBJECT TO NOVAVAX VACCINE?

Novavax is an anti-COVID vaccine that has been submitted to the FDA for approval.  Developed by a Maryland biotech company, Novavax is already in use in 170 countries, including the UK and here in Australia.

Novavax is a traditional protein vaccine, similar to today’s flu shots, as opposed to the new-style mRNA vaccines developed by Moderna and Pfizer.  Novavax is derived from moth cells.  The company says it is showing 90% effectiveness.

But here is what makes Novavax distinctive:  It was made with no use of fetal tissue or cell lines from aborted fetuses.

That cannot be said of some of the other vaccines.  Moderna and Pfizer are not made of fetal cell lines, but the testing process did make use of them.  Pro-life groups, including the LCMS, generally believe Moderna and Pfizer vaccines can be taken ethically, though not those of AstraZeneca or Johnson & Johnson.  But many pro-lifers believe that the way they were tested makes Moderna and Pfizer problematic also.

But, according to the company, “No human fetal-derived cell lines or tissue, including HEK293 cells, are used in the development, manufacture or production of the Novavax COVID-19 vaccine candidate, NVX-CoV2373.”

Pro-life activist Abby Johnson, a critic of other vaccines, hailed this development.  “It is my understanding that (Novavax) has been used successfully in several countries with a high efficacy rate,” she said. “It is also my understanding that there are not any ethical concerns regarding Novavax, which is hopeful for pro-lifers who have avoided the vaccine due to those objections.”

Taken from Pro Life Vaccine? article by Gene Veith March 11th, 2022

POSITION OF CMI ON VACCINATION

Since Creation Ministries International (CMI) is a pro-life organization, vaccination is one of the tangential issues we deal with. For a long time, we had no official position on our website, but in recent years we have found ourselves answering more and more questions about them. This has forced us to search for answers to those questions, which then precipitated the publication of a position statement on vaccination on the CMI website. Please understand that this only came after much deliberation. It took a lot of time and energy for Dr Jonathan Sarfati to write and multiple CMI scientists were involved in the editing process. In the end, however, the fact that vaccines demonstrably save lives was the deciding factor that made us go public with the information.

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Historic measles cases in the US before and after the introduction of various measles vaccines. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, Statistical Abstract of the United States (2003), No. HS-18. Specified Reportable Diseases—Cases per 100,000 Population: 1912 to 2001. The Polio vaccine produced similar results.

There is no question that vaccines have eradicated debilitating and deadly diseases such as smallpox and polio. Improvements and advancements in medical science are a good thing, as they help reverse the effects of the Curse, following Jesus’ example of healing the sick. At the most basic level, it is important to understand that vaccines seek to piggyback on our wonderfully designed immune system by simply introducing something foreign to it. The immune system then reacts by building up antibodies to counteract the foreign substance. The production of antibodies is part of the system, designed by God, that helps our bodies to remember how to fight off infections. Vaccines attempt to train our immune system by giving it ‘target practice’. In the event a person gets exposed to the infectious agent later in life, the immune system will ‘remember’ it and deal with it quickly. From birth, our bodies get exposed to literally thousands of antigens (molecules that can elicit an immune response) daily. Immunizations take up but a small percentage of the total capacity of the immune system.